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IMF will release the 162.6 million US for Sri Lanka.

International Monetary Fund Executive Board has completed its first review of Sri Lanka’s Extended Fund Facility arrangement. It will enable the disbursement of about 162.6 million US dollars. The IMF said in a statement,

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Health officials warn a danger of breeding a small mosquito species considered to be a carrier of brain fever.

 

A danger of breeding a small mosquito species considered to be a carrier of brain fever, has arisen in Colombo. Chief Medical Officer of the Colombo Municipal Council Dr. Ruwan Wijemuni said that this has been found during a research conducted by the scientists of the council.

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PM tables 6 sub-committee reports on new constitution

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe tabled reports prepared by six sub-committees appointed with regard to drafting of new constitution. The steering committee on drafting the new constitution had appointed these sub-committees.

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Ready to take any measure to safeguard national unity - RW

The committee stage discussion on 2017 budget commenced in the parliament this morning. Votes on account of 22 expenditures including the President, the Prime Minister's office and the Parliament are being taken up to discussion.

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The 2nd reading of the budget passed in parliament with majority of votes.

The 2nd reading of the budget passed in parliament with majority of 107 votes. 162 parliamentarians voted for the budget, while 55 voted against it. 

 

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Minister Patalie Champika Ranawaka says holding a referendum on the new constitution is not practical at the moment.

Minister Patalie Champika Ranawaka says the proposed constitution should be prepared with the consensus of all parties. Holding a referendum in this regard will lead to disturb the existing national reconciliation, political stability and economic prosperity.

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Constitutional council will convene tomorrow

A meting of the constitutional council will be held tomorrow. It will be chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. Reports of six sub committees are to be presented to the council at the meeting.

Census on Public & Semi-Government sector employment immensely successful - DG Census Dept

Director General of the Department of Census and Statistics Amara Satharasinghe says yesterday's census on Public and Semi-Government sector employment was immensely successful. He requests employees who are yet to provide the required information to handover their applications to the coordinating officer as soon as possible. The director general acknowledges the support extended by all parties including various institutions and journalists.

Maintaining Hambantota port as a joint venture of state & private sectors ; Final decision in the weekend

Minister Arjuna Ranathunga says the operational activities of Hambantota Port will be maintained as a joint venture of state and private sectors. Responding to a question raised by parliamentarian Buddhika Pathirana in parliament today, the minister disclosed the final decision in this regard will be reached in the weekend. The Hambantota Port is currently suffering immense losses. It cannot be beared by the government. The minister pointed out the profit earned from the Colombo Harbour is spent for the activities of Hambantota Port.

Meanwhile, Minister Malik Samarawickrema said the government will hold discussions with relevant parties when reaching traded agreements with other countries. Attention will be focused on increasing exports and generating job opportunities. The Minister added discussions are being held to reach trade agreements with India and China.

The debate on the budget commenced for the 6th day in parliament today. Chief whip of the opposition parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake who commenced the debate said the country is tangled in an immense debt at present. It is unable to settle interests of the loans obtained. Therefore, he pointed out the government should have a plan to increase the revenue earned from exports and to reduce expenses on imports.

Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakse who joined the debate said the present government came to power to safeguard the rule of law. The previous regime was rejected by the public since it ignored the rule of law. The minister pointed out the government has been able to create a better country which was under the law of the jungle at one time. Religious extremists will not be allowed to disrupt the harmony of the country. The issue of disabled military personnel surfaced in 2007. However, then government was not concerned to address the issue.

It was the present government that provided a solution to the matter. Certain groups are attempting to label the Aava group as one of the factions of the LTTE. The minister pointed out certain groups are interested in disrupting the day to day life of the country.

Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama said the deficit between export and import revenue and expenditures should be minimized.

Meanwhile, the vote on second reading of the budget will be held in the parliament this evening.

More graduates recruited to the teacher service in western province

More graduates are to be recruited for the teacher service of the western province.  The provincial ministry of education has called for applications in this regard.  Sinhala and Tamil medium graduates can apply for the available vacancies.

 Sinhala medium graduates will be recruited for the subjects of mathematics, IT, art, western music and English language.  Tamil medium graduates will be enrolled for the subjects of music, dancing, drama and theatre, arts, commerce and science.  The deadline of accepting applications is Tuesday.